In-Person Mediation:

Prior to the scheduled mediation, I will prepare all parties for a productive conversation. All parties will meet in my office for a 3-4 hour session. I will facilitate a structured conversation where the parties speak directly to each other while I observe and listen for areas of common ground. If agreements are reached, those agreements will be memorialized in a written document that is legally binding should you need it to be. Preparation time for this forum requires 1-2 weeks. More motivated parties can complete a session in less than a week. All communications are confidential except any written agreements or unlawful behavior.

Advantage:  immediate outcome  Disadvantage:  If parties have a history of destructive communication, it is difficult to quickly pivot to a productive communication pattern in this forum.

Remote Mediation:

I will work with parties remotely via email, phone, and video conferencing. Depending on the complexity of the issues, this forum will require 3 – 6 weeks for completion. Agreements that are reached will be memorialized in a written document that is legally binding should you need it to be. All communications are confidential except any written agreements or unlawful behavior.

Advantage:  more time to mitigate emotions and use best thinking  Disadvantage:  resolution is drawn out over time, especially if one party is less motivated

Do-it-yourself coaching:

I have extensive experience in family matters and small claims brought before the court. The legal system can be intimidating, frightening, and confusing. I cannot give legal advice, but I can help you understand the process. Once you understand the process, the legal system for family matters and small claims is significantly more manageable. Whether you are the Plaintiff, Defendant, Petitioner, or Responder, I can help you understand your responsibilities and risks.

Conflict coaching:

I have a deep understanding of the emotional landscape of complicated people and families. I also have a deep understanding of conflict and the roots of conflict. These deep understandings allow me to coach people into a more productive position in any relationship. Every party believes ‘it’ is the other party’s fault. Who is right? Once you understand your role, you are in a better position to negotiate and take a productive approach to communication.